In St. Petersburg began the meeting of the presidents of Russia and Turkey Vladimir Putin and Tayyip Erdogan. Broadcast of the meeting is the TV channel “Russia 24”.
“The level of relations between our countries have reached an unprecedented high level,” the Russian leader said, referring to Erdogan “dear.”
He recalled that they “slipped to very low levels, degraded” after the crash of a Russian su-24 in November 2015, downed by the Turkish military. Putin added that erdoğan’s visit shows that “we all want dialogue, the resumption of relations between Turkey and Russia.”
He noted that the leader will talk today and in the narrow part and wide, including to discuss the restoration of trade-economic relations and combating terrorism.
Putin also said that was one of the first who expressed words of support to the President of Turkey after the mutiny. “This is our principled position, we always strongly oppose the attempts of unconstitutional action. I hope that the Turkish people will overcome this problem and constitutional legitimacy is restored,” he said.
“I am very glad of this opportunity, welcome”, — concluded the Russian leader.
Erdogan, in turn, thanked Putin for the meeting “in this sensitive period” and said that relations between the countries included in the “positive direction”. He said that he was “very pleased” call Putin after the military coup on 16 July.
“Our process for defining the goals you and I know, I am sure that the steps that we take together, we’ll start expanding even more (relationship) process”, — concluded the President.
On this open part of the conversation ended and the negotiations began in closed to the press. First, the leaders planned a conversation in which the Russian side will take part the Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov and presidential aide Yuri Ushakov, the Turkish side Minister of foreign Affairs Cavusoglu Newly and the permanent under Secretary of President’s office Ibrahim Kalin.
Erdogan arrived in Saint Petersburg in the afternoon of August 9, around 13:00 GMT. At this time, was scheduled to start negotiations, but they started an hour late.
The visit of the Turkish President is in the nature of work. After a conversation scheduled talks with the Ministers. Then there will be a press conference, and after it the two leaders will meet with representatives of business circles of Russia and Turkey.
The meeting aroused great interest among the media: it was almost 150 accredited journalists. At the beginning of the conversation between Putin and Erdogan were invited only photographers and operators. All the other journalists watching the event on television in the press center building, located at a distance from the Palace.
According to the press service of the Kremlin, the presidents will consider the resumption of bilateral negotiations that were frozen after the Turkish air force was shot down on 24 November last year, the Russian su-24: the joint group of strategic planning at the level of Ministers of foreign Affairs, intergovernmental Commission, and if the talks are successful, the leaders can agree to resume the meetings of the cooperation Council at the level of heads of States.
It is expected that Putin and Erdogan will also discuss all the key bilateral projects, which was also frozen: construction of NPP “Akkuyu”, the beginning of the strip at the bottom of the Black sea gas pipeline “Turkish stream”. Restoration of partnership relations should be a weighty factor in regional and energy security, said the press service of the Kremlin.
The last time Putin and Erdogan met in Antalya at the summit of “twenty” on November 15-16 last year.